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12 month old puppy with a temp of 106, fluid coming from the

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12 month old puppy with a temp of 106, fluid coming from the nose, had a lump on her ribs but going down now struggling to sit and jump on the furniture. she had two broken ribs last month, broken near the spine.

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
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Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 3 years ago.
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.
This sounds extremely concerning for your dog. A temperature of 106 is a critical emergency. This is in the range that we consider all internal organs (including the brain) at extreme risk for damage/failure. At this excessive fever, I must recommend you take him to be seen on emergency immediately. He will need intravenous fluid therapy and treatment to work to reduce this fever. Do NOT try to do this at home because if done too quickly, then this too could cause damage. As well, you may not be able to reduce the fever at home because we need to determine why he is running such a high fever.
With a history of trauma (fractured rib and secondary lump) and then the fluid from the nose I am very worried about significant internal infection such as in his chest (outside of his lungs). This can happen if there is a perforating injury such as a rib fracture. This is going to need to be treated aggressively with IV therapy through your vet, and may require some testing (at least an xray and some lab work) to try to determine what is going on. If not at this high temperature and the signs you report, his prognosis is not good.
I am not sure what questions specifically you are asking. If your vet simply prescribed antirobe and did not offer additional testing and treatment (such as hospitalization with IV fluid and therapy), then I must recommend you seek out a second opinion or go to your local emergency facility immediately.
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